Chocolate, Caramel and Peanut Butter Cake

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Chocolate cake, salted caramel sauce, toffee popcorn, and peanut butter brittle - what more could you want from a cake?!

12 - 13 servings

Medium 180 Minutes

Ingredients

Ingredients

For the recipe  Chocolate, Caramel and Peanut Butter Cake

For The Cake:

225 g Unsalted butter (melted)
110 ml Vegetable Oil
337 ml Water
3 Large Eggs
30 ml Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract
170 g Soured Cream
450 g Plain Flour
110 g Golden Caster Sugar
285 g Light Brown Sugar
90 g Dr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder
7 g Dr. Oetker Bicarbonate of Soda
10 g Dr. Oetker Baking Powder (2tsp)

For The Peanut Butter Frosting:

450 g Unsalted butter
15 ml Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract
120 ml Double Cream
1200 g Icing Sugar
450 g Crunchy Peanut Butter

For The Salted Caramel Drip:

100 ml Double Cream
25 g Unsalted butter
2.5 g Salt
100 g Light Brown Sugar
20 g Golden Syrup
15 ml Dr. Oetker Liquid Glucose
30 ml Water

Alternatively use shop bought salted caramel sauce.:

For The Peanut Butter Brittle:

100 g Caster Sugar
20 g Unsalted butter

To Decorate:

50 g Toffee Popcorn
50 g Dr. Oetker Dark Jumbo Chocolate Chips

preparation

Preparation

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 180⁰C/160⁰C fan oven/gas mark 4. Grease and line 4x 7 inch cake tins.

Step 2: In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter and oil until blended. Add the water then whisk again until well blended.

Step 3: In a jug beat together the eggs, Vanilla Extract and soured cream. Add to the butter mix and whisk again.

Step 4: In a separate bowl mix together the flour, Cocoa Powder, caster sugar, light brown sugar, Bicarbonate of Soda and Baking Powder.

Step 5: Add to the wet ingredients and whisk until well mixed.

Step 6: Divide the cake batter between the four cake tins and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until cooked. To test if the cake is cooked insert a skewer and if it comes out clean then the cakes are ready.

Step 7: Take the cakes out of the oven and cool in their tins for 30 minutes then remove from the tins and cool completely.

Step 8: Whilst the cakes are cooking make your peanut butter frosting.

Step 8: Place all the ingredients for the frosting into a large bowl and beat together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy in texture.

Step 9: Cover the bowl of frosting with clingfilm and put to one side until ready to use.

Step 10: Whilst the cakes are cooling make your salted caramel sauce.

Step 11: Place the cream, salt and butter into a small pan and heat gently until the butter has melted.

Step 12: Take a heavy based pan and put in your sugar, golden syrup, liquid glucose and water. Mix together to dissolve the sugar, then put on a high heat. Heat the sugar mix until is begins to boil. Allow to boil until the bubbles become smaller and the colour becomes darker – like the colour of dark maple syrup. This should take 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to burn.

Step 13: When the sugar is ready add your warmed cream mix to the hot sugar – be careful when adding as it will spit and splutter slightly. Give the mix a quick stir then allow to boil again for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a jug to cool.

Step 14: To make the peanut brittle – line a flat baking tray with non stick baking paper then grease the baking paper with a little butter.

Step 15: Pour the sugar into a dry non stick frying pan and heat on high.

Step 16: Melt the sugar shaking the pan every now and then so that it heats evenly.

Step 17: Heat the sugar until it is all melted and becomes a dark maple syrup colour – again be careful not to burn. Then add your butter and crushed peanuts and give it a stir.

Step 18: Pour the peanut brittle mix onto your prepared tray spreading it out into a flat rectangle.

Step 19: Allow to cool fully and harden.

Step 20: Now you are ready to assemble your cake.

Step 21: Reserve 5 tablespoons of the frosting.

Step 22: Take your first layer of cake and place on a cake board or plate.

Step 23: Spread the top of the cake with a layer of the frosting about 1cm thick. Add the second layer and repeat. Then repeat with the third layer.

Step 24: Add your fourth layer of cake and then cover the whole cake with the frosting smoothing with a palette knife.

Step 25: Once your cake is covered take your cooled salted caramel sauce (or shop bought sauce) and spoon over the top of the cake allowing the caramel to drip down the sides of the cake.

Step 26: Take your reserved frosting and spoon in a mound in the centre of the top of the cake.

Step 27: Break up your peanut brittle and place chunks of it into the frosting on top of the cake so that they stand up right.

Step 28: Scatter the top of the cake with the toffee popcorn then finish by sprinkling over the jumbo choc chips.

Nutritional Information for the recipe Chocolate, Caramel and Peanut Butter Cake

Per Serving Per 100 g / ml
Energy 16429 kJ
3924 kcal
2026 kJ
484 kcal
Fat 218.31 g 26.92 g
Carbohydrate 427.28 g 52.69 g
Protein 39.15 g 4.83 g

preparation

Preparation

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 180⁰C/160⁰C fan oven/gas mark 4. Grease and line 4x 7 inch cake tins.

Step 2: In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter and oil until blended. Add the water then whisk again until well blended.

Step 3: In a jug beat together the eggs, Vanilla Extract and soured cream. Add to the butter mix and whisk again.

Step 4: In a separate bowl mix together the flour, Cocoa Powder, caster sugar, light brown sugar, Bicarbonate of Soda and Baking Powder.

Step 5: Add to the wet ingredients and whisk until well mixed.

Step 6: Divide the cake batter between the four cake tins and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until cooked. To test if the cake is cooked insert a skewer and if it comes out clean then the cakes are ready.

Step 7: Take the cakes out of the oven and cool in their tins for 30 minutes then remove from the tins and cool completely.

Step 8: Whilst the cakes are cooking make your peanut butter frosting.

Step 8: Place all the ingredients for the frosting into a large bowl and beat together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy in texture.

Step 9: Cover the bowl of frosting with clingfilm and put to one side until ready to use.

Step 10: Whilst the cakes are cooling make your salted caramel sauce.

Step 11: Place the cream, salt and butter into a small pan and heat gently until the butter has melted.

Step 12: Take a heavy based pan and put in your sugar, golden syrup, liquid glucose and water. Mix together to dissolve the sugar, then put on a high heat. Heat the sugar mix until is begins to boil. Allow to boil until the bubbles become smaller and the colour becomes darker – like the colour of dark maple syrup. This should take 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to burn.

Step 13: When the sugar is ready add your warmed cream mix to the hot sugar – be careful when adding as it will spit and splutter slightly. Give the mix a quick stir then allow to boil again for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a jug to cool.

Step 14: To make the peanut brittle – line a flat baking tray with non stick baking paper then grease the baking paper with a little butter.

Step 15: Pour the sugar into a dry non stick frying pan and heat on high.

Step 16: Melt the sugar shaking the pan every now and then so that it heats evenly.

Step 17: Heat the sugar until it is all melted and becomes a dark maple syrup colour – again be careful not to burn. Then add your butter and crushed peanuts and give it a stir.

Step 18: Pour the peanut brittle mix onto your prepared tray spreading it out into a flat rectangle.

Step 19: Allow to cool fully and harden.

Step 20: Now you are ready to assemble your cake.

Step 21: Reserve 5 tablespoons of the frosting.

Step 22: Take your first layer of cake and place on a cake board or plate.

Step 23: Spread the top of the cake with a layer of the frosting about 1cm thick. Add the second layer and repeat. Then repeat with the third layer.

Step 24: Add your fourth layer of cake and then cover the whole cake with the frosting smoothing with a palette knife.

Step 25: Once your cake is covered take your cooled salted caramel sauce (or shop bought sauce) and spoon over the top of the cake allowing the caramel to drip down the sides of the cake.

Step 26: Take your reserved frosting and spoon in a mound in the centre of the top of the cake.

Step 27: Break up your peanut brittle and place chunks of it into the frosting on top of the cake so that they stand up right.

Step 28: Scatter the top of the cake with the toffee popcorn then finish by sprinkling over the jumbo choc chips.

Nutritional Information for the recipe Chocolate, Caramel and Peanut Butter Cake

Per Serving Per 100 g / ml
Energy 16429 kJ
3924 kcal
2026 kJ
484 kcal
Fat 218.31 g 26.92 g
Carbohydrate 427.28 g 52.69 g
Protein 39.15 g 4.83 g

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